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I would like to be able to use the password associated with this account to install packages with the GUI. Ideally, I would change the settings so that any user with sudo permissions could install packages. If that is not possible, I would like to be able to list all users that should be able to install. I know that this involves making changes to Policy Kit, and I have read a page with a similar question. However, I must need information specific to my own problem, because all my attempts so far have failed.

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If, when you say 'this account', you mean your own one then you don't need to change anything because what you're describing is the default behavior. I've just set up a 'standard' account on my own system to check and it's working fine. If you want people to install with their own password you just need to give them administrative privileges.

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Yes, I am sorry I was not clear. The computer I am using is the legal property of a generous friend, so I always make an account for myself distinct from one I make for her. I wanted to be able to download software using my account's password. And, yes, it turns out all I needed to do was make myself an administrator. Thank you much for your help! –  Veronika Jun 19 '12 at 22:01
    
@Veronika I recommend accepting this answer, then. –  Eliah Kagan Jun 19 '12 at 23:35

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